A gravity-defying, interplanetary journey through space and time. Nope, it’s not a new Doctor Who game – this is Exo One.
Available right now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and through Xbox Game Pass (one of 4 indie starlets to hit the scheme today), Exo One comes about via Exbleative (otherwise known as Jay Weston), who with help from a few friends in terms of coding has managed to create something that is highly intriguing.
Exo One is a game that we’ve had eyes on for a little while, if not because of that interplanetary adventuring and space and time promise, but because it looks damn good to boot. It’s a game which takes you to alien worlds, landscapes like those which you would never have experienced before. And it’s here where you get the chance to utilise an little alien ship, working gravity, momentum and no doubt a little bit of luck, as you careen forwards on the search for a conclusion to the narrative which unfolds.
“I love sci-fi and space – I grew up watching Star Trek with my brother, then battling him for the PC so we could play whatever the latest game was we were hopelessly addicted to,” said Jay Weston, creator of Exo One ”So to create a planet-hopping sci-fi space adventure with my own story, art, sounds and game mechanics feels pretttty great!”
Honestly, we can’t get across just how much we’ve been looking forward to Exo One and the fact that it hits Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via Xbox Game Pass is just the little bit of icing on the cake that it probably didn’t need.
We’re not sure if the draw comes from the alien premise, or the way the trailers sell the overall experience, but we’re going to be hands-on at the very earliest opportunity, whacking out a review once we’ve come to the end of its 3-5 hour life.
When we do, you can be sure our thoughts will detail all the good – and the bad – about Exo One, but until that time you’ll have to make do with the key feature set…
- An array of unique, open worlds to explore, from traditional terrestrial planets to water worlds to gas giants
- Pilot an alien probe featuring multiple movement modes. Roll, glide and fly, with control over gravity itself.
- Use these movement modes to build momentum, slide down dunes and catapult off hill tops.
- Glide and surf through clouds, and catch thermals that lift you high into alien atmospheres.
- Drop beneath the waves of vast oceans under the glow of distant suns.
- Wind down and travel at your own pace. There are no challenges, wars or enemies.
- A minimalist yet mysterious narrative tells the story of man’s first, ill fated mission outside the solar system.
You can grab a download of Exo One from the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. If you want to pay up the £14.49 asking price, you can, but we’d suspect most will utilise Game Pass. It’s on PC through Steam too.
A strange signal… an alien craft… Exo One is an interplanetary, gravity-defying journey through space and time. A STRANGE SIGNAL… On the anniversary of the Jupiter accident, an alien signal transmits construction blueprints for an alien craft, which humanity builds, called Exo One. AN ALIEN CRAFT… Master a truly alien traversal system and move through enigmatic and desolate alien landscapes in ways you’ve never experienced. Use gravity and momentum to reach colossal speeds and exhilarating heights. AN INTERPLANETARY JOURNEY Ride thermal updrafts into boiling cloud formations, careen down hillsides and launch off mountain tops, all the time drifting toward the shining blue beam on the horizon. Atmospheric, diffused visuals are merged with otherworldly sound effects and a hypnotic electric guitar soundtrack. Pilot your craft on mankind’s first voyage outside the solar system, and go on an interplanetary journey across space and time.